Srinagar Tourism
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Srinagar Tourism

Srinagar Info

  • State: Jammu & Kashmir
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1585 m
  • Pincode: 190001
  • District: Srinagar
  • Language: Hindi,Urdu
  • STD code: 0194
  • Weather: Summer 14 to 30°C, Winter -2 to 14°C

Located in the heart of the Kashmir Valley, which is called 'Paradise on Earth', Srinagar’s landscape is interspersed with greenery, lakes and hillocks. The city is spread out along the banks of the Jhelum River and is famous for its surrounding natural beauty and postcard tourist spots. The two parts of the city are connected by nine bridges. The Hari Parbat and the Shankar Acharya hills lie on either side of the city.  

People & Culture of Srinagar

Srinagar has a complex cultural fabric. The many historical constructions and places of worship are long-standing evidences of the historical unity of Srinagar despite the many diverse religious denominations and sects established in the valley since ancient times. 

Srinagar is also the venue for many Kashmiri artists, dancers and singers who perform in the various theatres and art houses of the city. Many troupes of the dervish and the qawwali (that have been influenced by both Sufi and Hindustani musical and artistic traditions of Srinagar) survive to this day and the musicians have their own customised musical instruments.

There are many Hindu temples that are more than 1000 years old as well as age-old mosques that are landmarks of Srinagar. Also, numerous gurudwaras and monasteries can be found in many places throughout the city.

Things to do in Srinagar

UNESCO has recognised some of these famous buildings of the city as heritage sites. Some of the famous temples are Shankaracharya Temple, Martand Sun Temple, Kheer Bhavani Temple, Pandrethan Temple, etc. The Hazratbal Mosque, Dal Lake, Wullar Lake, etc. are some prominent attractions of the destination.

Srinagar is also a place for trekking and hiking. The most popular trekking route from Srinagar is to the sacred Amarnath cave. An excursion can be taken to Pahalgam and the Dachigam National Park. Srinagar holiday packages can be availed to plan a holiday to the destination. 

Another significant attraction of Srinagar is the Tulip Festival, which is organised annually from April 5 to 15 every year. 

Food & Shopping in Srinagar

Rice is a dominant feature of most meals served in Srinagar and the valley is famous for its unique method of cooking by combining meat with vegetables. The food is generally sharp and spicy. 

Tourists can shop for Pashmina shawls and stoles, handmade Kashmiri carpets, wooden crafts and the papier machie products, which are exquisitely crafted and unique to Srinagar. Srinagar is well known for its saffron, which is considered as the royal spice. Tourists can visit the saffron field along the Srinagar – Anantnag Highway, which is at a distance of 13 km from Srinagar to buy Saffron, fresh from the farmers. It might cost around INR 200 per gram.

Travelling to Srinagar

Srinagar is connected by flights to the Srinagar Airport. Indian Airlines provides daily flight service to Srinagar from Delhi, Mumbai and Jammu. The nearest rail station is at Jammu which is almost 300 km away. Bus services are provided by quite a few tour operators from neighbouring regions to reach Srinagar. Tourists can avail private cabs to travel around the city and to nearby places.

The climate of Srinagar is pleasant throughout the year, apart from the winters; with summer temperatures staying within 35° Celsius. The proximate presence of the Hokersar wetland influences the climate of Srinagar and keeps it balanced. The best time to visit Srinagar is from April to June.

Accommodation options in Srinagar

Hotel options in Srinagar range from 5 star hotels, resorts to houseboats, budget hotels, lodges and guesthouses. There is an option for tourists with different budgets. 

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Sekhar

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"An unforgettable trip" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted Today
We are Indian by birth we should see the places like kashmir once in life. My family and I forgot all the things like house, office, school, college etc while on tour for one week. We enjoyed very nicely. I have planned four months ahead. In srinagar, they arranged everything systematically. We had a very good driver cum guide for the whole programme. It is unforgettable visit in our life.
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Kommu Babu

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"A very pleasant trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Inspite of the negative news we hear of Srinagar. Its a good place to go. We stayed at Srinagar, Sadaf hotel. Very economic. And visited Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam and also covering Srinagar. Tulip garden, Nishat bagh, Shikara ride are a must.
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Arjun

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"Good for one time" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
The best part is that all tourist attractions are in a radius of two km of Dal lake. Without doubt the beauty of Dal lake is mesmerizing. Visit pari mahal, nishat gardens and chashme shahi. If you can plan in April, the tulip garden takes you to a foreign country straight up, don't miss this.
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Mudit srivastava

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"Heaven on earth" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Kashmir as it is said that it is heaven on this earth is very correct. I visit Kashmir every year and every time I found something new. Gulmarg and Pahalgam are the most attractive places to visit. The transportation may be quite expensive but it's worth.
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Tsheykh Aweciph

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"Kashmir is best known for its hospitality and beauty" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Kashmir is the so called jannat (paradise) on this planet. Don't be fooled by the people who curse unfriendliness of Kashmir!! I have experienced every corner of world but Kashmir was the best I found. No matter business men try to earn some money from tourists, which you will notice everywhere. But you can't find Kashmir like place and its friendliness in world.
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Tarish Malhotra

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"Kashmir is a Switzerland of India" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
The overall experience of Srinagar was excellent. There are such beautiful places near to Srinagar which can easily be visited by a car such as Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonmarg. Each of the place in itself is a very beautiful place and is absolutely safe to travel. It is rightly said that Kashmir is a Switzerland of India.
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Ravinder singh Sawhney

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"Summer excursion to Kashmir" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was fun travelling to Kashmir with my family during these summer Vacations. There was excitement all around as my kids were visiting Srinagar for the first time. They had heard such wonderful stories about this part of the world from me and my wife about the Kashmir being Paradise on Earth, that it was difficult to keep them inside the aircraft for those 60 minutes. They were enthralled when we took off at Srinagar airport and started moving to our stay location. As the hotel was only stone's throw from Dal Lake, they could hardly wait to reach out to some Shikara after checking in in the hotel. We travelled to almost every corner of Srinagar and then the interiors in those 5 days. I think they are going to share their stories with their friends when they get back to their school after vacations.
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Swati Chakraborty

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"Valley of mountain and lake" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Srinagar is a amazing valley of feelings. It is situated on the bank of river Jhelum. Clear blue sky, lakes, mountains and gardens decorated Srinagar like a picture postcard. The dal lake is the major attraction of tourist. The Shikara riding is one of the most joyful and awesome experience of Dal lake. You can also stay in the luxurious houseboat on the Dal lake. Mughal Garden, Shalimar gardens etc. all of it consist of flowers, trees fountains. For religious point of view Shankaracharya temple and Jamia Masjid and Mosques are the most spiritual places. The markets and shops are very colourful and rich for its awesome multicoloured Pashmina shawls, wooden handicrafts, local jewellery, carpets and many other local products. Walnut, raisins, nuts, almonds, cashew nuts etc. Are also very famous dried food of Kashmir. You have to visit Kashmir at least once in a lifetime to explore its beauty through various aspects so that you can bring lots of sweet memories.
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"Truly beautiful but be smart about what you are buying" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kashmir is very beautiful it really deserve the name "paradise on earth'¯. I went there last year with my friends, we went there in the mid summers so it was a huge relife from the heat. Its a beautiful city, the cool weather conditions are very pleasant. I went there by road and it's much better than the flight, although it takes more time then flight but the Jammu to Srinagar is one hell of a road trip.

The kasmir valley offers scenic views. But in srinagar tourists are really taken for a ride. For all travelers to Srinagar it is better to avoid house boats. House boats are available in Dal lake, Nagin lake, Jhelum river and even in sewage canals. So be careful of the location if you book one. You can enjoy the Dal lake by taking a shikara ride for one or two hours. The Govt approved rates for shikara is Rs. 300 per hour per shikara (6 persons can travel in one). If you bargain you may even get a better rate but never give more than this. Its a huge commision game.

Most of the drivers in Srinagar are having tie up with Hotels, coat and boot rentals, horse rentals, dry fruits shops, shawl factories, cricket bat factories atc. They take commission from all these people. We were asking them to take us to Lal chowk from day 2 but they always found some excuse for not going there. If you want to buy something go to Lal chowk, do good bargaining and buy. Never buy anything from the shops where your vehicle driver takes you. Also if you want to buy saffron go to J&K Govt showroom in Lal chowk. Your driver will take you to a shop near actual saffron fields but there you will get coloured grass and not saffron.

The dry fruits sold in these shops for Rs. 290 per KG is available for Rs. 100 to 120 per Kg in Lal chowk. Though and beware of the stray dogs in Srinagar. The dogs are very beautiful. But they are very dangerous. Also neglect pony ride at Gulmarg but Pahalgam pony ride do it for Rs. 800 and do not miss Pahalgam its the proper Kashmir. Its very beautiful place and you will definetly enjoy it if have the right knowledge. So be smart enjoy your holiday and DON'T GET CHEATED.
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"Simply Heavenly" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The beautiful city of Srinagar is unlike many other tourist capital cities of India - it is clean, less polluted, picturesque with balance of nature and man made wonders.

Though the city parts are still recuperating from the floods of last year, the attractions like Dal Lake, Nagin Lake, Nishat garden, Shalimar Garden, Chashme Shahi, Shankaracharya temple and the houseboat experience will memorize one and all and leave a lasting memory to relive!
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